I Won’t Love You If

Jose Fringe


I Won’t Love You If

If you drop out of school in 7th grade, how will you navigate a world where reputation is everything and simply staying alive is a challenge every day? How far would you go for acceptance and safety? ​

In a solo performance presented at the 2017 FringePVD, ISPN’s own Jose Rodriguez shared his personal journey from growing up on dangerous streets, to his years behind bars, and then his return to the same dangerous streets, this time working for peace.

About the Artists
Jose Rodriguez lives in Providence, RI and works as a Victim Services Case Manager at The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence. He was born in Puerto Rico and has also lived in New York and Massachusetts. Jose graduated from Charter Oak State College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Development. He is a proud father of two daughters and one son. I Won’t Love You If… is his debut acting performance.

Nancy Lucia Hoffman is grateful for being able to participate in this project. Nancy is a performer, director, writer and dramaturg who has lived in Rhode Island since 2004. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from University of Iowa, as well as a Screenwriting Certificate from the University of Washington. She won a RISCA screenwriting merit award in 2007. She is frequently seen with her boogie board along our shoreline, at kung fu class, or writing in a pub. Along with food, clothing, and shelter, Nancy believes telling our stories is a basic need.

Holly L. Jensen‘s plays have been produced in the United States and Australia. Her play, age_sex_location, was part of The Wilbury Group’s New Works Program in 2015. Her short play, Class Act: Version 379, is published in the Boston Theater Marathon XI Anthology and the Louisville Review (Number 66) and Flesh is published in the Boston Theater Marathon XII Anthology. Lizzy Izzywas produced in the 14th Annual Women’s Playwriting Festival at Perishable Theatre in 2008. Holly earned an MFA in Playwriting from Spalding University. She lives in Pawtucket, RI with her two cats and a bunny niece and pug nephew who visit occasionally.